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Eric Peterson, Published October 26 2013

Neal, Cobbers roll past Augsburg, earn win No. 500

MOORHEAD – Senior quarterback Griffin Neal threw four touchdown passes Saturday, helping Concordia hit 500.

Neal’s efficient passing sparked the Cobbers to a 47-20 victory against Augsburg in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football at Jake Christiansen Stadium.

The win was No. 500 in program history for the Cobbers, who started play in 1916.

“We felt that it was a statement game for us to put teams on notice that we’re going to battle to the end,” said Neal, who completed 19 of 21 passes for 281 yards.

Concordia (6-1, 4-1 MIAC) became the fourth Minnesota college football program in any division to reach 500 wins. Minnesota, St. John’s and St. Thomas are the other three.

The Cobbers remained tied with St. John’s for second place in the MIAC, one game behind conference-leading Bethel.

Concordia stayed in the MIAC title and NCAA Division III playoff hunt with three games to play in the regular season.

“We’ve got three to go and a lot to play for,” said Cobbers head coach Terry Horan.

Concordia seized control against the Auggies with a 21-point second quarter. Neal played a critical role in that surge, throwing a 47-yard touchdown to Brandon Zylstra, and a 22-yard scoring pass to Mark Whiting.

Junior fullback Domenic Fraboni capped the big quarter with a 36-yard touchdown run. That gave the Cobbers a 27-6 lead with 4 minutes, 31 seconds to play in the second quarter.

Fraboni’s long scoring run also capped a string of 27 consecutive Concordia points.

“We’ve been trying to stay balanced a lot,” Neal said. “It was good all-around play from everyone.”

Whiting added his second score in the third quarter, catching a 28-yard TD pass from Neal. That gave the Cobbers a 34-12 lead with 9:51 to play in the third quarter. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Whiting finished with five catches for 86 yards, including the two touchdowns. Zylstra also had five catches for 86 yards and a touchdown.

“Griffin always throws a nice ball,” Whiting said. “He’s got that big arm that we like and he puts the ball in the spot where it needs to be. We have a lot of confidence in him.”

Horan was pleased with the way his team played against Augsburg, a team that had challenged to the top teams in the league. The Auggies suffered two-point loss against St. John’s and a three-point loss against Bethel prior to playing the Cobbers.

Concordia held the Auggies to their second-lowest point total this season.

“That’s a good team,” Horan said of Augsburg. “That’s a great win.”

Augsburg 6 6 0 8–20

Concordia 6 21 7 13–47

AC–Washington 1 run (kick blocked)

CC–M. Peterson 1 run (run failed)

CC–Zylstra 47 pass from Neal (Wagner kick)

CC–Whiting 22 pass from Neal (Wagner kick)

CC–Fraboni 36 run (Wagner kick)

AC–Bourne-McFarlane 6 pass from Scott (kick failed)

CC–Whiting 28 pass from Neal (Wagner kick)

CC–Wagner 24 FG

AC–Scott 11 run (Carl pass from Scott)

CC–Baune 26 pass from Neal (Wagner kick)

CC–Wagner 31 FG

TEAM STATISTICS AC CC

First downs 21 24

Rushes-yards 27-88 39-149

Passing 292 281

Comp-Att-Int 21-40-3 19-21-1

Punts-Avg. 4-26.8 2-37

Fumbles-Lost 3-1 4-0

Penalties-Yards 10-105 6-52

Time of possession 26:57 33:03

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: AC, Putratz 15-67, Scott 8-18, Washington 4-3. CC, Fraboni 5-60, Neal 19-43, McLean 7-33, Gauldin 3-13, Gotta 2-5, M. Peterson 3-(-5).

PASSING: AC, Scott 21-40-3 292 yards. CC, Neal 19-21-1 281.

RECEIVING: AC, Sonnenfeld 8-134, Carl 4-71, Putratz 6-50, Washington 2-31, Bourne-McFarlane 1-6. CC, Zylstra 5-86, Whiting 5-86, Baune 5-69, M. Peterson 2-28, Gauldin 1-7, Shields 1-5.


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